A French Sauvignon Better Than a German Riesling with Slow-Cooked Pork Belly

We wanted to slow-cook some pork belly and found a Heston Blummenthal recipe on the Waitrose website.  The pork is cooked with carrots, parsnips, turnip, garlic, chicken stock and sage.  However, we modified the recipe by using the slow cooker rather than the oven and dispensed with the crackling and the parsnips. We served the pork with roast potatoes.

We thought a dry Riesling would be good with the pork and opened a bottle of Peter and Peter Riesling 2013, an off-dry German white from Tesco.  We were surprised that this wine didn’t work with the meal and we set it aside.2014-12-07 17.54.13

We turned to a bottle of Domaine de l’Arjolle Sauvignon Blanc 2012, a Southern French white from the Wine Society. There was a slight sweetness, with apples, a creamy smoothness and a slightly tangy grapefruit finish. The wine successfully cut through the fat and was a good match with the meal.2014-12-07 18.07.42

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